Cowboy Stories

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From stampeding cattle to steadfast sheriffs, there is something irresistible about a good cowboy story. Cowboys are the quintessential American heroes and their exploits have inspired some of the greatest American writers to craft some of their finest work. In this roundup of the most thrilling, action-packed cowboy tales, you'll find adventure, courage, and suspense, and you'll sample the work of such masters as Louis L'Amour, O. Henry, Elmore Leonard, Annie Proulx, and Dorothy M. Johnson. Coupled with ...

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Overview

From stampeding cattle to steadfast sheriffs, there is something irresistible about a good cowboy story. Cowboys are the quintessential American heroes and their exploits have inspired some of the greatest American writers to craft some of their finest work. In this roundup of the most thrilling, action-packed cowboy tales, you'll find adventure, courage, and suspense, and you'll sample the work of such masters as Louis L'Amour, O. Henry, Elmore Leonard, Annie Proulx, and Dorothy M. Johnson. Coupled with award-winning artist Barry Moser's stunning engravings, these magnificent stories are sure to delight the whole family.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Patrick Hunter
This is a collection of cowboy stories from well known authors Zane Grey, Max Brand, Louis L'Amour, and Larry McMurtry. Some selections are taken from larger works such as The Virginian, Lonesome Dove, and Shane, while others are complete works on their own. Each selection starts in a logical place and comes to a conclusion. This gives them the feeling of being complete stories even when they are taken from larger works. The stories cover the range of cowboy life: cattle drives, gunfights, and working on the range. All seem to be set during the Wild West period: the 1880s up to the 20th century. There are a few where the time frame is less clear. These stories are mainly the cattle drive/cowboy ranch stories. This is due to the lack in detailed description of vehicles, tools, geography. This book would be a good choice for a reader who is interested in history and adventure or who likes short stories. As the central character in each story is a man, it may not hold interest for girls. It is also an excellent book to utilize in history, social studies, and English classes to provide the feeling of a particular point in time or way of life or for examination of and comparison of writing styles. Reviewer: Patrick Hunter
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Moser gathers twenty-one cowboy stories, with excerpts from Western classics by Larry McMurtry, Max Brand, Louis L'Amour, and others. He also offers a sampling from real cowboys, including legendary African American cowboy, Nat Love, who was born into slavery but eventually became famous as Deadwood Dick. Love's story recaptures buffalo hunting in Texas when the shaggy animals could be found without even trying. Modern cowboy and author Tom Groneberg also contributes a piece about being hired on a handshake and a "Let's give it a try." Page after page, cowboy after cowboy, the stories unfold like a bedroll on the Texas panhandle. This collection is an American cultural treasure. New York children's bookstore owner Peter Glassman introduces the book by suggesting a parallel between the icon of the American cowboy and both King Arthur's Knights of the Round Table and Robin Hood and his Merry Men. The archetype stands up easily under close scrutiny in the stories and excerpts, many of which have played major roles in establishing the fundaments of the mythology of the American West, such as Jack Shaefer's Shane and Zane Grey's Riders of the Purple Sage. Moser's lively illustrations look remarkably antique, an effect he achieves by engraving them into blocks that were inked and applied to paper. The overall effect of stories from as far back as the 1800s paired with gritty illustrations makes the book look and feel like a collectable. Reviewer: James Blasingame
School Library Journal

Gr 7 Up
This collection of 20 stories by well-known writers features the most American of icons, the cowboy. There are tales of cattle drives, gunfights, ranching, Indians, and battling the environment. Some of the selections are excerpts from well-known novels such as Shane and The Virginian . Others are short stories by Western authors including Annie Proulx and Louis L'Amour. Actual cowboys, Nat Love and "Teddy Blue" Abbott, offer exciting accounts of their lives. A significant feature here is Moser's artwork. Twenty-two stunning black-and-white engravings offer up the true grit of their cowboy subjects and galvanize readers. Appropriately, the book ends with the words to "Home on the Range." This volume will be welcomed by literature teachers and is a choice addition for all fiction collections.
—Patricia Ann OwensCopyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

Kirkus Reviews
These stories-masterfully culled from classics of the genre-pack a punch, both individually and collectively. Chosen not only for their power but for how well each stands alone, each story wears its age and its history well. A brief commentary on the uses of the cowboy bandana from 1929 sits comfortably next to a vivid account of a ranch house in a blizzard set in the 1950s and written just a few years ago. There's thieving and rustling, stampedes and gunfights, brave and crafty women and laconic and shrewd men. These are not sweet stories-Max Brand's "Wine on the Desert" is downright terrifying-but they are compellingly good reads with all the glories of the American cowboy legend displayed. Excerpts from Shane, The Virginian and Lonesome Dove, as well as from Annie Proulx, Louis L'Amour and Elmore Leonard, are included. Moser's wood engravings are perfectly rendered, their lines and shadows heroic and compelling just like the cowboys. (Short stories. YA)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780811854184
  • Publisher: Chronicle Books LLC
  • Publication date: 9/28/2007
  • Pages: 184
  • Age range: 12 - 18 Years
  • Product dimensions: 7.62 (w) x 9.25 (h) x 0.62 (d)

Meet the Author

Barry Moser is one of America's most distinguished artists and the illustrator of many books for children. He lives in Massachusetts.

Peter Glassman is the owner of Books of Wonder, the New York City bookstore that specializes in both new and old imaginative books for children.

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